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Authorities: Suspect in ricin-laced letters case appeared to try to run

TUPELO — Newly released documents say the man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Obama and others appeared to try to evade authorities just days before his arrest. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo was charged April 27 with making ricin, the substance mailed to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Lee County judge Sadie Holland. FBI applications for warrants ...

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Senator claims Obama has cost TVA hundreds of millions of dollars

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) says President Barack Obama’s plan to consider selling the Tennessee Valley Authority has already cost hundreds of millions of dollars — even if the nation’s largest public utility is never sold. The Tennessee Republican said TVA bonds lost about $500 million in value after the president’s announcement last month, largely because of uncertainty ...

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Ricin-laced letters case going to grand jury

OXFORD — A dust mask that tested positive for ricin also contained DNA from a Mississippi man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Obama and others, an FBI agent testified today. The testimony came during a preliminary hearing for James Everett Dutschke, 41, who was arrested Saturday at his home in Tupelo and charged with making ricin, the same ...

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Suspect in ricin-laced letters to be in court for detention hearing

TUPELO — The first time James Everett Dutshcke’s name came up in court regarding ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others, he wasn’t the man charged in the case. And it was a defense lawyer for the first man to fall under suspicion, not the government, pointing the finger at Dutschke. That was last month, after a 45-year-old ...

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Items from suspect's karate studio test positive for ricin

TUPELO — When poison-laced letters were sent to President Barack Obama and two other officials, it didn’t take long to track down a suspect based on a phrase in one of the letters often used by a 45-year-old Elvis impersonator named Kevin Curtis: “I am KC and I approve this message.” Curtis was soon arrested at his house in north ...

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House 'uninhabitable' after search in ricin-laced letter case

CORINTH — Attorneys for a Mississippi man who was briefly charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and others are encouraged after speaking with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office about repairing or replacing the man’s house after an intensive search left it uninhabitable. Christi McCoy, an attorney for Kevin Curtis, a 45-year-old Elvis impersonator, said yesterday that ...

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Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters due in court

TUPELO — A Mississippi man who describes himself as a patriot with no grudges against anyone was expected to appear in court today on charges of making and possessing ricin, part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others. The arrest of 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke early Saturday capped a week in which investigators initially ...

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Dutschke charged with sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — The arrest of a 41-year-old Mississippi martial arts instructor in a case of poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a rival of James Everett Dutschke, then decided they had the wrong man. Federal authorities arrested Dutschke early Saturday at his home in Tupelo. He was ...

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Man investigated in ricin letters case goes into hiding

TUPELO — A Mississippi man whose home and business were searched as part of an investigation into poisoned letters sent to the president and others has dropped out of sight in order to escape the news media spotlight, but is cooperating with authorities, a friend and his attorney said. Everett Dutschke, 45, had his home and former business in Tupelo ...

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